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B.C. Funds Cultural Camps Benefiting 24 Families

by NationTalk on April 11, 2007526 Views

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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April 11, 2007

Ministry of Children and Family Development

PRINCE GEORGE – The Prince George Native Friendship Centre has received $49,000 in one-time funding to support two family cultural camps that will take place this summer, announced Children and Family Development Minister Tom Christensen today.

“We are working to identify and strengthen effective services for children, youth and families across the province,” said Christensen. “What a great opportunity this will be for the 24 Aboriginal families attending these camps to spend quality time together in a relaxed outdoor setting with a focus on cultural awareness.”

The Prince George Native Friendship Centre is planning two separate three-day camps at Camp Friendship, located south of Prince George on the shores of Tsitniz Lake. The camps will be busy with activities including Elder storytelling, crafts, traditional drumming and singing, hiking and a family talent show. The setting is an excellent opportunity for campers to create new friendships, renew old ones while providing the opportunity for the different generations to interact and honour their Elders. “Our organization is always looking for ways to develop culturally sensitive programs for our greatest gifts: our children,” said Prince George Native Friendship Centre executive director Barbara Ward-Burkitt. “This funding will assist us as we continue to work with families in a safe, respectful and non-threatening manner.”

“The Prince George Native Friendship Centre is a wonderful resource for our community,” said Prince George-Mount Robson MLA Shirley Bond. “I want to congratulate them on the great service they provide.”

“Successful events like this do not happen without a lot of hard work and planning,” said Prince George North MLA Pat Bell. “I want to wish the organizers all the best as they get ready for these exciting cultural camps.”

“Getting outside and enjoying the summer weather is a perfect way for families to get together,” said Prince George-Omineca MLA John Rustad. “I hope all the participants have a good time at the camps.”

The Ministry of Children and Family Development is focused on strengthening and enhancing B.C.’s child and family development services. The current process of transformation will allow better support for the unique needs of individual children, youth, families and communities in all parts of the province.

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Media contact:

Karen Murry
Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 356-2939

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